Tonight, I finally got around to finishing up the Handlebar Camera Mount project. Â The mount consists of a hunk of printed PLA, sawed in half, and bolted back together around the handlebars. At the moment, I have a piece of rubber tape wrapped around the bar, under the mount, to keep it from slipping, but my Canon S5 is pretty heavy and it needs a bit more wrapping underneath.
The printed portion of the mount weighs around 60 grams, and took about 90 minutes to print on the Makery Mendel. Â On the side facing the camera, you can see where we lost a bit of blue tape. Â The part has an inner diameter of an inch, and is about 2″ wide, to provide good stability for the camera.
The hardware is 4 1.5″,1/4-20 stainless steel hex head cap screws. I opted for stainless because “It’s a bike, and it’s going to be outside”… The bolts were around a buck a piece, which wasn’t really any more money than the regular steel ones. Â Hex-keyed is sorta like metric: It just costs more, and no one knows why.
All this puts total materials cost (including the PLA for printing) at just under $10. Â The model for the printed version is available here.